The School of Arts within the College of Humanities will host an exciting “Singing for 67 Blankets” concert which is a vocal showcase featuring singers from the Music Discipline. The concert will be held at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on Wednesday 10 October at 18h00.

The evening of song includes a varied programme of opera, classical voice, popular music, jazz, isicathamiya, solo and ensemble singing.

‘This concert not only provides a platform to showcase talented and diverse musicians in the School, it also provides an opportunity to make a contribution to the national charity 67 Blankets,’ said Mrs Debbie Mari, a Jazz lecturer. ‘Singers in the Music Discipline have contributed in various ways including knitting squares or whole blankets and of course their performances, for the 67 Blankets campaign. The blankets will be presented to the charity representatives at the concert before being distributed to people and communities in need across the city.’

The concert will include the close-harmony jazz vocal group UKZN Voices under the direction of Mari; the Pop Voice Ensemble led by Durban Theatre personality Anthony Stonier; opera soloists Wayne Mkhize, Khulekani Miya, Margaret Mfayela and Bulelwa Msane; jazz vocalists Menzi Cele, Lwazi Khuzwayo, Nolwazi Dlamini, Nomfundo Cele and Josie Matabola; pop singers Nobuhle Khuzwayo, Tony Hlangu, Nhlanhla Mthethwa, Nomcebo Luthuli and Minenhle Skhosana; the UKZN Opera Ensemble directed by Lionel Mkhwanazi and the UKZN AMD Isicathamiya Ensemble directed by Nu Luthuli.

You can expect to hear Jazz standards such as I Could Write A Book, In a Mellow Tone and Doxy; Pop favourites I’ll Rise Up and Have You Ever; Opera classics including Habanera and Giuseppe Verdi’s Bella Figlia Dell ’Amore alongside South African compositions Mme le ntate and eThekwini by the late Andile Mseleku.

There will be CD giveaways, Popup Society restaurant vouchers up for grabs and music for everyone.

The concert will be held at the Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building on Howard College campus. Doors open at 17h30, show starts at 18h00.

R80 general admission // R50 pensioners // R25 students.

Please contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email Zamat1@ukzn.ac.za for more details.

Words: Melissa Mungroo 

Photograph: Debbie Mari